Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Hope (Advent Meditation) …

Because when all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel — God With Us. — Isaiah 8:10, The Message   Hope and Fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay. Invite one to stay. — Maya Angelou from Sacred Threshold by Paula D'Arcy   A Pilgrimage of Discovery… Continue reading Hope (Advent Meditation) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 14: Season of Listening …

So let this winter of listening be enough for the new life I must call my own. — David Whyte from The House of Belonging   On the Ridge We can grow by simply listening, the way the tree on that ridge listens its branches to the sky, the way blood listens its flow to the… Continue reading Advent Day 14: Season of Listening …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 08: The Medicine That Lives In A Story …

If we want to know why we’re all so afraid to let our true selves be seen and known, we have to understand the power of shame and fear. If we can’t stand up to the never good enough and who do you think you are? we can’t move forward. I only wish that during… Continue reading Advent Day 08: The Medicine That Lives In A Story …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Christmas is a swiftly moving season with few clear boundaries. The day after we've packed up our Halloween costumes, Hallmark Channel begins nearly two months of twenty-four-seven presentations of Christmas movies. Shortly thereafter, we are inundated with ads inviting us to shop early to get the best bargains. The holiday rush is in full swing… Continue reading Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Poems, Quotes

Hope: Better Days Ahead …

All night my heart makes its way however it can over the rough ground of uncertainties, but only until night meets and then is overwhelmed by morning, the light deepening, the wind easing and just waiting, as I too wait (and when have I ever been disappointed?) for redbird to sing. — Mary Oliver from… Continue reading Hope: Better Days Ahead …

Days of Advent, Seasons

2017 Advent Daily Meditations …

So let this winter of listening be enough for the new life I must call my own. — David Whyte from House of Belonging (Winter of Listening) 2017 Advent Meditation Journey December 03: Making Room for Christmas December 04: Let There Be Peace on Earth December 05: Wait and Hope December 06: Listening For God … Continue reading 2017 Advent Daily Meditations …

Poems, Seasons

What Else (Autumn Meditation) …

The way the trees empty themselves of leaves, let drop their ponderous fruit, the way the turtle abandons the sun-warmed log, the way even the late-blooming aster succumbs to the power of frost— this is not a new story. Still, on this morning, the hollowness of the season startles, filling the rooms of your house,… Continue reading What Else (Autumn Meditation) …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 05: Why God Makes Us Wait …

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven ... — Ecclesiastes 3:1   The entire life of a good Christian is an exercise in holy desire. You do not see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when God… Continue reading Desert Day 05: Why God Makes Us Wait …

Days In The Desert, Poems

Desert Day 02: Blessing The Desert . ..

Hope begins in the dark: the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don’t give up. — Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird Blessing the Desert Ask me what this blessing sounds like and I will… Continue reading Desert Day 02: Blessing The Desert . ..